This is not meant to be a preachy post! It's just a post to define MY food standards. And maybe a chance for me to jump on my soapbox but not to offend anyone! And please note that these thoughts are not the opinions of my extended family, friends or employer.
I try my hardest not to push my opinions on others out of respect for their own beliefs and feelings, but my immediate family, on the other hand, has no choice (laughs). So here I go...
I am a believer in organic, local first, non-refined, unbleached, 100% pure, lean, healthy full flavor foods. I enjoy lots of garlic and onions in most entree or side dishes. Ground flax seeds and coconut oil will appear where you least expect them. I try to stay away from brand names, so as not to support what they stand for. I support REAL food made from scratch food, grown by humans. Foods that have NOT been injected, manipulated or mutated.
On the flip side, I am human, not a robot. There are some less healthy foods that I enjoy, in moderation. Some of my friends are blown away when they see me eat a meal from Chick-fil-A, or if they catch me sipping on a Diet Coke. But I never said I forbid certain foods, I simply said they are not what I preferred. I want my girls to see options and understand what healthy choices are even if we have to explain why these other foods are not seen in our house. We live in the real world not in some protected bubble never allowing them out of the house for a birthday celebration or for trick-or-treating on Halloween.
I atribute many of my food "policies" to the time I worked for a natural food store in the mid 90’s. There I learned about the first "food revolution" which fueled my newly adopted vegetarian lifestyle at the time. One book that hit me upside the head at the time was Diet for a New America, by John Robbins. A perfect precursor to Fast Food Nation, Food Inc and other similar books. It's not a great coffee table book, but sure is worth the read.
By being exposed to these books and work environment it got me reading labels, understanding ingredient list, and forming my decisions. Even led me to continue my education in health and wellness. I began to pull my blinders off and see what was happening with the foods we eat and their effects on our bodies. To understand that food is so much more! It is a tool that can either fix problems or cause problems. We have to be the ones who choice which tool we will use.
Healthy food is everywhere. Why more people do not chose to partake puzzles me. Is it socially driven, or not cool to eat healthy? Or is it emotionally driven--junk food tastes better and makes me feel better? Or is it convenience---fast food is everywhere and is quicker than cooking healthy food? What has been the vehicle for this country to have such an obesity crisis? Poverty yes, lack of resources yes...but if there is a will- there is a way! *If you are struggling to find healthy foods please let me know and I will brainstorm with you to find what you need.
Everyone deserves quality, fresh, healthy food! No one, and in my opinion, especially children, should not be deprived of proper nutrition. To think that some parents will not feed their children certain foods because they are to expensive and "not worth it" is disgusting! Remember they could be taking care of us in the future. Or at least we hope so. It's scary to think that this is the first generation of children that may die younger than their parents.
With my crazy "food policies", I'm on a mission to see how I can help make a difference. Anyone else on board with me?